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Korean Immigrants Welcome Return of Voting Rights

Korea Times, Posted: Feb 07, 2009

LOS ANGELES The South Korean Congress on Feb. 5 passed legislation that grants partial voting rights to overseas Koreans, including those with foreign residency. Members of local Korean immigrant community enthusiastically greeted the news by throwing a party on a grand scale, reports the Korea Times. The excitement is also evident in Korean communities across the United States. The newspaper reports that more than 1.9 million Koreans living in the United States are eligible to vote and may emerge as a pivotal voting bloc in South Korean elections. According to the new law, Koreans over 19 years old, who are residing in foreign countries, can cast their vote in presidential and congressional elections. As many overseas Koreans opposed dictatorships, in 1972, a military regime stripped overseas Koreans's of their voting rights. Since then, they have pursued the dream of getting back the right to cast a ballot in Korean elections. The new revision is in line with the global political trend of granting local voting rights to overseas citizens, reports the Korea Times.

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